Lean Tools and Techniques

Ranking Improvement Ideas with a PICK Chart

Published: March 30, 2016
There is nothing more exciting than gathering a group of people together to discuss improvement ideas, especially in a company that is maturing through the Lean Journey and team engagement is spreading. One of the challenges often faced by TXM clients early on is how we decide on the “right” improvement ideas to focus on? We have found using a PICK chart is a great way to encourage team discussion and provide timely feedback. ... Read more

Creating a Visual Management Board

Published: March 17, 2016
Visual management boards provide your team with a means to display and easily communicate the status of key production metrics. The aim is to have a visual display that is well thought out, relevant and simple for your team to use. ... Read more

Five Tips to Designing an Effective Team Visual Management Board

Published: November 27, 2015
We know that communicating business performance to staff through visual management boards can and does help employee engagement and drive daily improvement in many businesses. So what are the secrets to success to visual management? Here are five simple tips from our experience to help you avoid the pitfalls and get the best out of Visual Management Boards ... Read more

The Metrics of Concern Strips

Published: March 29, 2015
Across manufacturing sectors we are living in a data-rich world, which is both a blessing and a curse. Data can take many forms and often changes as the needs of business change. At one end of the spectrum we have hand-drawn, manually collected metric charts. These progress all the way to advanced MRP systems that can turn reports in visualisation resources to make graphs of anything you want, but too much data quickly becomes noisy and un-actionable, so which metrics do you need to focus on? This article will focus on the metrics and systems we create around Solving Problems Every Day (SPED) and Concern Strips as the key element of SPED, including Time to Resolution, Time to Respond and Escalations. ... Read more